Although the appeal of Danny Brown has always been in his chaotic production and delivery, he delivers a more focused, melancholic project on his fifth studio album ‘uknowhatimsayin’.
With production overseen by A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, the album features the beat maker’s signature psychedelic soul that provides the perfect canvas for the Detroit MC. Brown flourishes in this soundscape, reigning in his more indulgent wildness to deliver a far more grounded project.
The RZA-esque beat on ‘Theme Song’, for example, allows the rapper to demonstrate just how accomplished an MC he is, with stripped-back production placing vocals front and centre.
We already knew his energy was infectious, but here he’s equally engaging as a more measured MC. Penultimate track ‘Shine’ is perhaps the high point on the album, the introspective track typifying Brown’s increasing maturity.
‘uknowhatimsayin’ succeeds in flipping our expectations of a Danny Brown album, delivering a project that’s masterfully produced and exquisitely executed.
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Words: Will Rosebury
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